Texas Transportation Code - Section 521.223. Hardship License
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Section: 521.201 521.202 521.203 521.204 521.205 521.221 521.222 521.223 521.224 521.225 521.227 521.241 521.242 521.243 521.244
§ 521.223. HARDSHIP LICENSE. (a) The department may
issue a license to a person who complies with the requirements of
Subsection (b) if the department finds that:
(1) the failure to issue the license will result in an
unusual economic hardship for the family of the applicant;
(2) the license is necessary because of the illness of
a member of the applicant's family; or
(3) the license is necessary because the applicant is
enrolled in a vocational education program and requires a driver's
license to participate in the program.
(b) An applicant for a license under Subsection (a) must be
15 years of age or older and must:
(1) have passed a driver education course approved by
the department, which may be a course approved under Section
(2) pass the examination required by Section 521.161.
(c) To be eligible to take the driver training course, the
person must be at least 14 years of age.
(d) If the department determines that an applicant must
assist in the responsibilities imposed by a family illness,
disability, death-related emergency, or economic emergency, it may
waive the driver training course requirement and may issue a
temporary license. A temporary license issued under this
subsection is valid for 60 days after the date of issuance and may
be renewed for additional 60-day periods as long as the condition
(e) A person who is refused a driver's license under this
section may appeal to the county court of the county in which the
person resides. The court may try the matter on the request of the
petitioner or respondent.
(f) In the manner provided by Subchapter N, the department
may suspend a license issued under this section if the holder of the
license is convicted of a moving violation.
(g) The department may issue a hardship license to a person
who is subject to the registration requirements under Chapter 62,
Code of Criminal Procedure, and is otherwise eligible for the
license. A hardship license issued under this section must include
a photograph of the person.
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended
by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, § 30.81(a), 30.82, eff. Sept.
1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 546, § 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
Last modified: August 11, 2007